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London Boulevard

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2010
  • William Monahan
  • 98 mins
  • 18

Summary

Crime thriller starring Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell. On his release from prison, former gangster "Mitch" Mitchel takes a job as a minder to a reclusive actress in an attempt to give up his life of crime. But going straight proves difficult with ruthless gang boss Gant refusing to take no for an answer when he tries to lure Mitch back to his old ways.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Walking the straight and narrow isn't so simple for an ex-con in this moody crime drama. Colin Farrell is surprisingly understated as Mitchel, the old-school cockney wide-boy who lands a seemingly cushy job protecting a London starlet (Keira Knightley, drawing on experience) from overzealous paparazzi. Inevitably, he develops feelings for her, but is gradually sucked back into the ugly London underworld by slippery pal Ben Chaplin and Ray Winstone, doing his patented hard-nut gangster routine. It's far from original and, crucially, the romance between Farrell and Knightley doesn't have enough pull. Clearly though, seasoned Hollywood scriptwriter William Monahan (making his directorial debut after penning the likes of The Departed) is keen to celebrate an almost forgotten tradition of noir, where moral choices provide the pulse of the story rather than bullets and car chases. It's intriguing for that reason, but sadly, there's just too much meandering.

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Credits

Cast

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Harry "Mitch" MitchelColin Farrell (2)
CharlotteKeira Knightley
JordanDavid Thewlis
BrionyAnna Friel
Billy NortonBen Chaplin
GantRay Winstone
DI BaileyEddie Marsan
Dr RajuSanjeev Bhaskar
DannyStephen Graham
PennyOphelia Lovibond
WhiteboyJamie Campbell Bower
StorborVelibor Topic
LeeLee Boardman
JoeAlan Williams
Anthony TrentJonathan Cullen
FletcherMatt King

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Monahan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2010-11-26
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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